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Article ID: 886801 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 6.0

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Important This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/ ) Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

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Symptoms

A program that calls Wininet.dll takes longer than expected to quit. Also, the program may appear to stop responding (hang) for up to one minute. This problem occurs when you configure Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 to use one of the automatic configuration settings to detect a proxy server.

Resolution

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889100/ ) How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support)
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Internet Explorer 6
   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   -------------------------------------------------------
   25-Oct-2004  19:40  6.0.2800.1480  577,024  Wininet.dll
Internet Explorer 6 for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
   Date         Time   Version         Size     File name
   --------------------------------------------------------
   21-Jul-2005  02:15  6.00.2900.2723  660,480  Wininet.dll


Important You must modify the registry to use this hotfix.

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

After you apply this hotfix, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  3. Right-click the registry key that you located in step 2, click New, and then click Key.
  4. Type FeatureControl, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click FeatureControl, click New, and then click Key.
  6. Type FEATURE_WAIT_TIME_THREAD_TERMINATE_KB886801, and then press ENTER.
  7. Right-click FEATURE_WAIT_TIME_THREAD_TERMINATE_KB886801, click New, and then click DWORD Value.
  8. Type the process name of the program that you want to configure. For example, to configure Internet Explorer, type Iexplore.exe.
  9. Right-click the process name that you typed in step 8, and then click Modify.
  10. In the Value data box, type 00000001, and then click OK.
  11. Right-click FEATURE_WAIT_TIME_THREAD_TERMINATE_KB886801, click New, and then click Key.
  12. Type Settings, and then press ENTER.
  13. Right-click Settings, click New, and then click DWORD Value.
  14. Type ThreadTerminateWaitTime, and then press ENTER.
  15. Right-click ThreadTerminateWaitTime, and then click Modify.
  16. In the Value data box, type 000007d0, and then click OK.

    Note You can modify this value to create a longer delay or a shorter delay.
  17. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.

Workaround

To work around this problem, configure Internet Explorer 6 to use a static proxy server. To do this, follow theses steps:
  1. Start Internet Explorer 6.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. Click the Connections tab.
  4. On the Connections tab, click the dial-up connection or the virtual private network connection that you want to configure, and then click Settings. If you connect to the Internet through a local area network (LAN), click LAN Settings.
  5. Click to select the Use a proxy server for this connection check box or the Use a proxy server for your LAN check box.
  6. Type the proxy server address in the Address box, type the port number in the Port box, and then click OK two times.

    Note You may also have to click to select the Bypass proxy server for local addresses check box.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.

More information

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Keywords: 
kbautohotfix kbwinserv2003sp2fix kbqfe kbie600sp2fix kbie600presp2fix kbfix kbbug kbhotfixserver KB886801
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